PERYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - Missouri Senator Roy Blunt made several stops in the Heartland on Friday, March 1 to meet with those he represents.
The stops included Perryville, Marble Hill, Fredericktown, and Farmington.
The Fredericktown visit was to talk about the ongoing opioid epidemic. Sen. Blunt took part in a roundtable discussion with the Madison County Opioid Task Force.
Opioid addiction and abuse is a rampant problem in southeast Missouri, something the Republican senator is very aware of. Just yesterday in Washington, DC, he chaired a hearing on the epidemic.
The focus was taking a look at how best to fight it on the state and local level.
The senator is the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies.
"An effort is being made in a committee I chair there, funding the National Institute of Health, to try and find pain medicine that is not opioid based that is not as addictive, to work with doctors, dentists, prescribers; to ensure that they’re being very careful when they prescribe pain medicine,” said Sen. Blunt.
According to Sen. Blunt’s office, funding for opioid-related Labor/HHS programs has increased by $3.5 billion over four years, since his chairmanship began.